fi·na·le | \ fə-ˈna-lē , fi-ˈnä- \

Definition of finale 

: the close or termination of something: such as

a : the last section of an instrumental musical composition the symphony's finale

b : the closing part, scene, or number in a public performance the finale of the ballet In the finale, the singer sang an Italian classic.

c : the last and often climactic event or item in a sequence the TV show's season finale

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Examples of finale in a Sentence

She sung a very difficult song for the finale. the finale to the festivities was a grand display of fireworks

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Gophers coach Bill Fitch decided to play stall ball in the season finale. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "Here are Purdue basketball's top 10 career scorers," 10 July 2018 Favre tossed four interceptions in the regular-season finale against the Lions, and the Packers opened the postseason in Detroit. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Patrick Mahomes draws comparison, but how did Brett Favre do in first year as starter?," 9 July 2018 Anderson’s best game came in the regular-season finale against the Milwaukee Bucks on April 11. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers' Justin Anderson has leg surgery to deal with recurring shin splints," 29 June 2018 After pitching in the season finale, Danish was driving back to his off-season home in Florida when an accident on I-95 forced him to a standstill. Théoden Janes, charlotteobserver, "He lost his dad not once, but twice. How has this pitcher kept himself in the game?," 13 June 2018 Adena and Kat’s courtship was a steady fixture of Season 1, but their plotline took the backseat to Jane and Sutton’s personal and professional woes until the surprise of Kat’s decision to follow Adena to South America in the season finale. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Bold Type Delivers on Its Leads," 13 June 2018 There are many fights, but the finale is in Aproz in June. Ray Isle, Smithsonian, "Your Next Favorite European Wine Region Isn’t in France, Italy or Spain," 23 May 2018 After three weeks of intense competition and multiple chachas, former figure skater Tonya Harding and her pro partner Sasha Farber will compete in the season finale of Dancing With the Stars: Athletes. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Tonya Harding Says America Is “Standing Up for Me” Ahead of DWTS Finale Tonight," 21 May 2018 The second game is 6 p.m. Saturday and the series finale is 1 p.m. Sunday. Tim Tierney, Daily Southtown, "All that Chaz: Meadows’ single sparks four-run sixth inning as the Joliet Slammers stop the Windy City ThunderBolts," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of finale

1774, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for finale

borrowed from Italian, noun derivative of finale, adjective, "last, final entry 1," going back to Latin fīnālis

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English Language Learners Definition of finale

: the last part of something (such as a musical performance, play, etc.)


fi·na·le | \ fə-ˈna-lē \

Kids Definition of finale

: the close or end of something (as a musical work)

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